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From Barnes & NobleBathing beauty Esther Williams spent so much of her film career in swim suits that early television comics made quips about her comely near nakedness. However, in comparison to this bare-all autobiography, Williams's demure Jantzens were models of modesty. The Million Dollar Mermaid recounts her meteoric, seemingly implausible rise from oppressed salesgirl to national swimming champion to MGM film star. However, Williams' picture-perfect form and carefully constructed family film dramas were not replicated in her off-hours. Her marriages were troubled; her lovers numerous, weird, and irritating; and her financial acumen essentially non-existent.
Through it all, Williams tucked it in, stretched out those shapely legs, and kept paddling. An entertaining read; a well-deserved splash.